Taxis: Fares

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd November 2018.

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Photo of Laura Smith Laura Smith Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions there were for passengers avoiding taxi fares in each year since 2010.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

It is not possible to identify from centrally held data the number of defendants successfully prosecuted for an offence of avoidance of taxi fares in each year since 2010, as there is no current specific offence for the avoidance of taxi fares. Any successful prosecutions under these circumstances would be dealt with for a broader offence under specific legislation, such as: any dishonest act obtaining services for which payment is required, with intent to avoid payment – Fraud Act 2006 (S.11), and making off without payment (Theft Act 1978 (S.3) but it is not possible to identify which offences involved avoidance of taxi fares from centrally held information.

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